Stop Smoking Today
Cigarette smoking increases your risk for a number of health problems, including high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. But the good news is that when you stop smoking — regardless of how long or how much you smoked, your risk of contracting some of these health problems starts to drop.
Mercy Health Saint Mary's is proud to be a smoke-free hospital that encourages a healthy lifestyle free of tobacco use. That's why smoking is not allowed by anyone on any area of any of our locations. Learn more about our Smoking Policy.
Why is Tobacco/Smoking a Concern for Mercy Health?
- Tobacco/smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death.
- There is no risk-free level of tobacco smoke. Damage from tobacco and tobacco smoke is immediate.
- Smoking longer means more damage.
- Cigarettes are designed for addiction.
- There is no safe cigarette.
- The only proven strategy for reducing the risk of tobacco-related disease and death is to never smoke, and if you do smoke to quit.
- There is no safe level of second hand smoke.
According the latest Surgeon General Report, secondhand and thirdhand smoke are very dangerous and can also kill. Secondhand smoke comes in two forms — sidestream and mainstream. Sidestream smoke comes from the burning end of a cigarette. Mainstream smoke is the smoke exhaled by smokers. These forms of smoke remain in the air for hours and days as small particles, too small to see but they are capable of causing illness.
Even brief exposures to smoke are unhealthy and could trigger health problems like asthma attacks or chest pain in heart patients. Thirdhand smoke is what clings to your clothes, hair, furniture, etc. That is why our employees must arrive at work not smelling of tobacco and remain tobacco-free throughout their workday.
Tobacco Free Partners
Tobacco Free Partners is a quit smoking program that partners with Mercy Health Saint Mary's. Tobacco Free Partners offers a variety of support options to help you quit smoking including:
- Tobacco Free for Good: a six week/seven session program designed to help you develop a personalized quit plan and relapse prevention plan. The next 6 week session starts February 13, 2013 and will be held Wednesdays, 6–8 p.m. in the Wege Building on the Mercy Health Saint Mary's campus. To learn more and to register, visit www.tobaccofreepartners.org or call 616-685-1410.
- "The Quitters" Support Group: a smoking cessation support group that is part of the Tobacco Free for Good classes. The group meets the second and fourth Monday night of every month, 6–7 p.m. in the Wege Building at Mercy Health Saint Mary's. No registration is required. Call 616-235-1427 or visit www.tobaccofreepartners.org for more information.
- Nicotine Anonymous: offered at 11 a.m. every Saturday at Heartside Health Clinic, 359 S. Division (Map), Third Floor, Back Door.
- One on One Coaching for Cessation: offered at a minimal charge. Call 616-685-1411 for more information.
Quit Resources in West Michigan
Quit programs should be based on strong medical evidence. Any program stating it's 100% or even 50% successful is suspect. Quitting can take several attempts and it is a chronic disease and relapse occurs. Check your private insurance to see what benefits your insurance provides.
Michigan Tobacco Quitline
Provides medication and coaching for Medicaid and Medicare patients, veterans, the uninsured and patients of federally funded health clinics.
Federally Funded Health Centers
Connection to Care — Pfizer Friends
(Chantix, Nicotrol Inhaler, Nicotrol Nasal Spray)
Bridges to Access (Zyban)
Together Rx Access
Chantix, Nicotrol Nasal Spray, Nicotrol Inhaler, Zyban
You can also contact one of the following organizations that can also offer tools and resources to help you stop smoking today:
American Cancer Society
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American Heart Association
American Lung Association of Michigan
Michigan Department of Community Health
Kent County Health Department
National Cancer Institute
National Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco Prevention (LCAT)
National Women's Health Information Center
Office on Smoking and Health Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Quit The NIC Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network
Smokefree.gov (Online materials, including info on state quit lines)
Smoke-Free Families (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)